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Citation: Syms, E. Leigh, "Plant Cultivation Among First Nations in
Manitoba Before the Fur Trade". Winnipeg, MB. 17 September 2010.
Bio: Syms works at the Manitoba Museum.
Abstract: Syms argues that local First Nations in Manitoba were
traditionally cultivators of both “wild” and domesticated plants prior to
European contact, and argues that they should be considered farmers. In order
to understand the traditional First Nations cultivation as farming it is
necessary to shed all our experiences with modern, western industrial farming.
Syms argues that terminology used for First Nations cultivation tends to
diminish its importance, implying lesser efforts. Syms draws from a broad range
of information from across the country.